Saturday 17 August 2019

Brother urges Berlin truck attack suspect to turn himself in

Walid, brother of suspect Anis Amri who is sought in relation with the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, speaks to members of the media near their home in Oueslatia, Tunisia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Walid, brother of suspect Anis Amri who is sought in relation with the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, speaks to members of the media near their home in Oueslatia, Tunisia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Walid, brother of suspect Anis Amri who is sought in relation with the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, speaks to members of the media near their home in Oueslatia, Tunisia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
The Dec. 21, 2016 photo shows a refugee shelter in Emmerich, western Germany, in which the suspect of the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin had been living. The shelter was searched by police on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Police patrol among people at the re-opened Christmas market at Breitscheid square in Berlin, Germany, December 22, 2016, following an attack by a truck which ploughed through a crowd at the market on Monday night. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Nour, mother of suspect Anis Amri who is sought in relation with the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, reacts near their home in Oueslatia, Tunisia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Nour, mother of suspect Anis Amri who is sought in relation with the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, reacts near their home in Oueslatia, Tunisia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Anis Amri. picture: German federal Police
Anis Amri is suspected of being involved in the fatal attack on the Christmas market in Berlin (German police via AP)
Candles burn at a Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016, to commemorate the 12 victims of a truck that ploughed into the crowded market. REUTERS/Christian Mang
From right: Berlin's mayor Michael Mueller, Daniela Schadt, the partner of German President Joachim Gauck, President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leading politicians hold hands as they attend a memorial service in Berlin's Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016. ( Michael Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP)
The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated in the colors of the German flag in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, the day after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market and killed several people. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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Authorities across Europe are hunting a Tunisian man suspected of killing 12 people by driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, as one of his brothers urged him to surrender.

German authorities have issued a wanted notice for Anis Amri and offered a reward of up to €100,000 for information leading to the 24-year-old's arrest - warning that he could be "violent and armed".

One of Amri's brothers has urged him to turn himself in.

Abdelkader Amri said: "I ask him to turn himself in to the police. If it is proved that he is involved, we dissociate ourselves from it."

He said Amri may have been radicalised in prison in Italy, where he went after leaving Tunisia in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.

German media reported several locations were searched overnight, including a house in Dortmund and a refugee home in Emmerich on the Dutch border. Federal authorities have so far declined to comment.

Nearly three days after the attack which left 48 other people injured, the market in the centre of the German capital has reopened, with concrete blocks in place at the roadside to provide extra security.

Organisers decided to reopen the market without party music or bright lighting, and Berliners and visitors have laid candles and flowers at the site in tribute.

The manhunt for Amri prompted police in Denmark to search a Sweden-bound ferry in the port of Grenaa after receiving tips that someone resembling Amri had been spotted, but officers said they found nothing indicating his presence.

An Israeli woman, Dalia Elyakim, has been identified as one of the 12 killed when a truck ploughed into the market in central Berlin on Monday evening, Israeli officials confirmed.

Flowers at the scene of the attack on the Berlin Christmas market Picture: Reuters
Flowers at the scene of the attack on the Berlin Christmas market Picture: Reuters

German officials had deemed Amri, who arrived in the country last year, a potential threat long before the attack - and even kept him under covert surveillance for six months this year before halting the operation.

They had been trying to deport him after his asylum application was rejected in July but were unable to do so because he lacked valid identity papers, and Tunisia initially denied that he was a citizen.

A document belonging to Amri, who according to authorities has used at least six different names and three different nationalities, was found in the cab of the truck.

Family members of Amri, speaking from his hometown of Oueslatia in central Tunisia, were shaken to learn that he was a suspect.

Amri left Tunisia years ago for Europe but had been in regular contact with his brothers via Facebook and phone.

A woman mourns at the scene where a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital last night. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
A woman mourns at the scene where a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital last night. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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